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Docademia’s 3rd Short Documentary Contest


Filmmakers will have a chance to compete for $700, $300, $150 prizes, as well as the opportunity to license their film through Docademia. Runners up will also be given distribution deals and have opportunities to collect royalties when their film is purchased by teachers and institutions of higher learning.



• Submissions must have English subtitles.
• Make sure to read our submission criteria before you submit your film.
• Refer to our Terms and Conditions for the details about our contract.

to be notified of our next contests

Docademia welcomes any short documentary under 20 minutes that addresses the topic of the contest.

Submissions must have English subtitles,
or the narrative should be in English.

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Docademia’s 2nd Award Ceremony

August 9th, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Auditorium @ 1871
222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL 60654

Join us for an evening of film screenings, discussion, and dialogue with directors, filmmakers, and educators from around the world.

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This year's award ceremony will present the best movies of the 2017 contest on Challenges for Women in Public Spaces from 112 countries, and will include the announcement of the winners. Don't miss a live Q&A session with the filmmakers right after the ceremony.

This event is organized with the support of 1871 Chicago, Purdue Foundry at Purdue University, West Lafayette, CMEC at Purdue University Northwest and Chicago Media Project

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Docademia Is Listed @ SAIC Library’s A-Z Database

Docademia is now available to School of Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) community via the Flaxman Library! We’re listed as a new resource on their A-Z database.  We can’t wait to work with the SAIC faculty members and students in Spring 2018 and provide an open mic to marginalized communities from all corners of the world to talk directly with students and faculties who care about social justice issues!

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1018 Stories from 100+ Countries


We are excited to share that our 2nd global film contest that started in Spring 2017 was completed with 1018 short documentaries from more than 100 countries around the world.

The theme for the contest is focused on Challenges for Women in Public Spaces: Storytelling through Short Documentaries.

We’re thrilled to announce that we finished the two rounds of reviews and are amazed by hundreds of outstanding stories. The reviewing team is preparing the shortlisted films to share with our Jury Committee in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more exciting news!

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Docademia’s First Award Ceremony

On March Seventeen,
Two Thousand and Seventeen

Docademia will hold its First award ceremony

We have selected our Early Childhood film competition winners and we couldn’t be more excited to share with you!

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As this was our first contest, we weren’t quite sure what to expect, but with 529 submissions from 88 countries, we couldn’t have hoped for a better turn out. With numbers like these, we knew we needed some extra help reviewing the films.

We found a team of highly-qualified interns from Bowling Green State University’s MACIE program to form our team of power reviewers! Our interns spent months reviewing all of the films to get us down to our top 6 Early Childhood films. Narrowing a giant list of great films into such a short list was a difficult task and we are so grateful to our interns for all of their hard work.

Once we had our top picks, it was time to send them to our jury committee. We asked the members of the jury to review each film through 4 categories: film aesthetics, content, topic, and bias. The top three winning films should not only be visually engaging, but should also tell a complete story about Early Childhood without prejudice. Our jurors are experts in their fields and after much deliberation they were able to declare a winner.


our jury:

Mehrnoush Aliaghaei

Mehrnoush Aliaghaei

Dr. Zeynep I. Ercan

Dr. Meléndez

Dr. Spreen

And we hope that you’ll join us on March 17th from 6:30-8pm (CST) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago or online to find out who are the winners!



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Docademia Night at BGSU

Docademia @ BGSU

We are pleased to announce the success of a recent Docademia film screening, faculty/community workshop, and internship information session held at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, from September 27th to the 28th . The event was open to the public. Students, BGSU faculty, local area educators, and community activists were all in attendance.

Our screening and workshop were held from 6-8pm on the 27th . The film screened from our collection was Sarah Khaki’s “Facing the Mirror,” which focuses on the life and work of an NYC-based plastic surgeon who helps survivors of war and brutality reconstruct their physical bodies. An interactive video chat with the director was held immediately after the screening. To enhance the screening and facilitate a first-hand look at the special services we offer, we also demonstrated some of the participatory educational materials available as supplements to “Facing the Mirror.”

An internship question-and- answer session was held on the 28th from 10am-noon. Current interns and volunteers from the BGSU community shared their Docademia internship experiences and took questions from the audience. 

This event was another step in our journey of encouraging faculty members to bring diverse stories into their classrooms, give marginalized voices an opportunity to be heard, and showcase how Docademia works to enhance multiculturalism and meaningful learning in higher education.